The End End – Isabel Garcia

Last night was the final show for Temple@The London Olympics. Words cannot describe the feelings I, myself, and I am sure my fellow participants, are experiencing. After we had the official “OK” from Philadelphia that we were clear, we all huddled together and smiled and hugged. It was the ultimate feeling of success mixed with a pinch of sadness for the work would now be over. The entire time I have been in London, I anticipated time would pass by quickly; it did and it didn’t. From the Big Bus Tour to the James Bond Exhibit, from The Dark Knight Rises to our Olympic Walk, there are an endless number of memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.

I have learned many things in my journalism classes at Temple University, but one of my favorite pieces of advice is that people may not always remember what is said, but they will remember how the story made them feel. In the beginning of this trip, Professor Mooney gave me some guidance which I believe correlates with that advice: “You must focus on living in the moment; live in the here and now.” For someone who plans their day out by the hour, that really stuck with me.

Sometimes I find myself trying to hold on to each moment so that I don’t forget it, but memories do fade. My best and most cherished memories I will take with me from this program will be the laughter. All of us just “clicked” as a group (including Professor Mooney, of course!), and whether it was over family dinner or just walking around London, there was always laughter and smiles.

Isabel Garcia, Hope Janelle Berninghausen, Jake Rasmussen, Ryan Geffert, Quinton Bosman, [Professor] Bill Mooney

As we took apart Studio 8, which had become a “home base” to us, all of the memories rushed over me; it almost seemed surreal, dream-like. The last item we took down was the backdrop. After each member of the London team signed it (in pink, it was all I had!) and I wrote “Original Cast, July 23 – August 13, 2012”, I truly felt like we left our mark. My final thoughts: I am proud. I am proud to be a part of this team and to have worked with the best people in the television news industry. For a final time I will say, “Live from London, I’m Isabel Garcia.”

And then there were two… – Isabel Garcia

The team has been here for about a week and a half now, and I just cannot believe there are only two shows left. It seems like it’s been such a whirlwind of an adventure, but I am trying very hard to take everything in, and keep it! Memories are funny though – you can remember certain parts of a trip or event, but it’s always best when someone else can jump in and add that extra detail that made it special. We’ve all truly grown together as a team, and it’s a great feeling knowing that everyone has your back.

Visiting London has honestly been a dream of mine since I was about 11 years old. As cliched as that sounds, I was noticing all of the London-items I have in my room right before I left: a sign on my shelf that says “LONDON”, a mannequin for necklaces with “London” and fashion figures, a Stonehenge key ring, and even a teapot shaped like a traditional red “tele” booth.

Big Ben is the bell in the clock tower.

My favorite experience so far has been seeing Big Ben. I’ve seen pictures of the tower before, and I had felt like I’ve seen it a hundred times – there was nothing so spectacular and so real than to be standing next to the physical Big Ben. Pictures don’t do much justice for a city with history oozing out of every street corner. The architecture is absolutely breathtaking, and the buildings, streets, and even Underground tube are incredibly clean.

The sites, life, and culture of London have been nothing short of magical. Though there may only be two shows left, I definitely plan to take advantage of the time that remains in our last two weeks in London!

Choreographer Akram Khan informed of NBC cutting his Opening Ceremony performance / First reactions

Byline – Isabel Garcia and Hope Janelle Berninghausen
4:00 p.m., London

Our Olympic team attended a press conference at the London Media Centre this afternoon featuring Olympic Opening ceremony collaborator Akram Khan and his producer Farooq Chaudhry, moderated by BBC Creative Director Alan Yentob.

During the conference a member of the audience, Jason, from the London Media Centre, asked for Khan’s response to NBC’s decision to omit his performance from the broadcast. As you can see in this exclusive video above, Khan is just being informed. Watch his reaction on the right side of the screen (approximately 12 seconds into the video).

About 11 seconds later (00:23), watch producer Farooq Chaudhry on the left hand side as he prepares to inform the room that he already knew of the news. As we find out moments later, Chaudhry had chosen to wait to share the information with Khan.

The press conference quickly picked back up after a noticeable moment of silence. A few questions later, audience member Andy, from Culture of the Olympics Magazine, attempts to ease Kahn’s shock [about NBC] by informing him that “hashtag” (#) NBCfail was trending on Twitter as the Opening Ceremonies were wrapping up in the United States.

As the conference was about to end, Nicholas Wolaver (London Media Centre) asked Khan to once again reflect on NBC’s decision. Khan, still surprised and seemingly frustrated, tried to understand the reasoning behind NBC’s choice. Chaudhry later joined in the speculation, defending Khan’s work and their business, “Akram Khan Company”, which they both founded.

NBC released several statements regarding their telecast decisions to cut certain performances out of their broadcast of the Opening Ceremony. No statement has yet been issued to Akram Khan, directly, explaining their actions.

NBC STATEMENTS:
LAtimes.com — “We are live streaming every sporting event, all 32 sports, and 302 medals… It is never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony. They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them.”

LAtimes.com — “We will be providing clips and highlights of each ceremony online so viewers know what to look forward to in primetime on NBC.”

huffingtonpost.com- “Our program is tailored for the U.S. television audience. It’s a credit to [opening ceremony producer] Danny Boyle that it required so little editing.”